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Wednesday, May 16 • 17:15 - 18:15
Scrutinizing the Little Brothers: Corporate Surveillance and the Roles of the Citizen, Consumer, and Company

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In this session, we will bring together panelists from Toronto University’s Citizen Lab, the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, and Consumer Reports, each of whom are addressing issues of corporate surveillance and accountability. Both Citizen Lab and Consumer Reports will focus on ways of empowering the individual. The Berkman Center will describe their project that aims to give companies toolkits to provide transparency to the public.

The panelists will each share an overview of their organization’s goal for their respective project, the challenges their programs are facing, and what change they hope their project will effectuate. The goal is to present the three different approaches that their projects reflect: the consumer, the citizen, and the company. All three projects are responses to pervasive corporate surveillance and how the projects aim to lessen the imbalance between the corporation and the individual.

Moderators
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Katie McInnis

Policy Counsel, Consumers Union
Katie McInnis is a policy counsel in Consumers Union’s Washington DC office. Her work focuses on technology and the consumer’s right to privacy, security, control, and transparency. Before joining CU in 2016, Katie served as a Privacy & Technology Fellow at the Center for Democracy... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Connor

Executive Director, Open MIC
Michael Connor is the founding Executive Director of Open MIC, a non-profit that works to foster greater corporate accountability in the media and technology sectors, principally through shareholder engagement. Working with impact investors, Open MIC identifies, develops and supports... Read More →
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David O'Brien

Senior Researcher, Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University
I'm a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, where I direct privacy and cybersecurity related research projects. I'm a lawyer by way of background, but that's a small part of who I am and how I think. | | I'm interested in everything from encryption... Read More →
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Christopher Parsons

Research Associate, Citizen Lab
Dr. Christopher Parsons received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Guelph, and his Ph.D from the University of Victoria. He is the Managing Director of the Telecom Transparency Project and a Research Associate at the Citizen Lab, in the Munk School... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 17:15 - 18:15
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